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Internet Week: Java GIS Software Puts Web Data On The Map

Oct 25, 1998, 16:11 (1 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Amos Shapira for this link.

"Leading GIS-software vendor MapInfo next week will take the wraps off a Java-based iteration of its MapXtreme application. To date, the widely used software for spatial analysis -- the linking of geographic data to maps -- has been offered only on Windows NT. "

Switching to the new Java release will require starting from scratch, since the Windows NT application, for the most part, is not portable. "We would be throwing away some of our investment, but the question is do we do it now or do we do it down the road," said Scott Francis, network applications manager at Arch. "It's not a perfect scenario, but it could be a lot worse if we wait."

It looks like this company realizes that NT is not going to scale within their organization, and is willing to lose a lot of money in order to migrate to a more stable and scalable solution. - editor

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